- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Signature Books; Second Edition edition (August 15, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560850272
- ISBN-13: 978-1560850274
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
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BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR, JOHN WHITMER HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Available for the first time fifty years after the author's death, Studies of the Book of Mormon presents this respected church leader's investigation into Mormonism's founding scripture. Reflecting his talent for combining history and theology, B. H. Roberts considered the evident parallels between the Book of Mormon and Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews, a book that predated the Mormon scripture by seven years. If the Book of Mormon is not historical, but rather a reflection of the misconceptions current in Joseph Smith's day regarding Indian origins, then its theological claims are suspect as well, Roberts asserted. In this and other research, it was Roberts's proclivity to go wherever the evidence took him, in this case anticipating and defending against potential future problems. Yet the manuscript was so poorly received by fellow church leaders that it was left to Roberts alone to decide whether he had overlooked some important piece of the puzzle or whether the Mormon scripture's claims were, in fact, illegitimate. Clearly for most of his colleagues, institutional priorities overshadowed epistemological integrity. But Roberts's pathbreaking work has been judged by the editor to be methodologically sound--still relevant today. It shows the work of a keen mind, and illustrates why Roberts was one of the most influential Mormon thinkers of his day. The manuscript is accompanied by a preface and introduction, a history of the documents' provenances, a biographical essay, correspondence to and from Roberts relating to the manuscript, a bibliography, and an afterword--all of which put the information into perspective.
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This started Roberts on the mission of proving or disproving the Book of Mormon. He reviewed the book for inconsistencies in technology, zoology and anthropology. He presents a study of the technology of steel, glass, the wheel, metal coins and other advances that were questionable. He also covered the problems with horses, elephants, oxen, cattle and other problems. He covered the linguistics and anthropological information available at the time in trying to reconcile an Israelite migration to North America. In all, his conclusions are consistent with the current scientific community. He proposed, and then rejected, what Mormons know today as the Limited Geography Theory. He then undertakes a review of Joseph Smith and the literature available to Joseph Smith and concludes that there are significant parallels to "View of the Hebrews" by Ethan Smith. He did not at the time have the information that Oliver Cowdrey's family were parishioners of Ethan Smith. He concluded that with the structure of "View of the Hebrews", the 1796 version of the King James Bible and Joseph Smith's imagination, he would have no trouble writing the book.
The book is analytical in nature, reviewing all possible options. Mormon Apologists claim that this book was written so the Brethren would know the weaknesses of the Book of Mormon. If you read the book you can clearly see that this is not the case. Roberts was struggling and searching for ways to justify the inconsistencies found in the Book of Mormon. By the end of the study it is clear that he no longer has a testimony of the Book of Mormon. The book was not published for 60 years and finally released in 1985. The Mormon Church has had this information since 1930, but never released it. The problems discussed in this book are the same problems that Mormon apologists struggle with today. The answers that the apologists give are no more satisfactory today than they were at the time of B.H. Roberts.
This book is a necessary read for any budding apologist. It is also a book that can be given to a believing Mormon, because it was written by a recognized General Authority. B.H. Roberts was the editor of the "Comprehensive History of the Church" and the "Mormon Doctrine of Deity."
The edition itself is well done, and the introductory and biographical essays are solid.
The book begins with correspondence between BH Roberts and those above him in the Church hierarchy. This was the most 'enjoyable' section to read. It then moves onto the actual "study" where BH Roberts draws comparisons between 'The Book of Mormon' and Ethan Smith's 'View of the Hebrews'. This section is extremely comprehensive. Finally the final section is a brief summary of that same study with a side by side comparison of some of his main arguments.
I have to say up front that I found the main body of the "study" to be extremely boring and repetitive. The same argument is made over and over to the point I often thought my bookmark had fallen out and I was resuming my reading from a few pages back. As a result, of all the books I have read recently on Church History (for and against), this would have to be the hardest one for me to get through. I just found it very boring and repetitive.
Nevertheless, BH Roberts presents some good arguments in his case against the Book of Mormon, but those few pearls were buried too deep for me to rate the book a must have. My favourite is his commentary on 2 Nephi 5, where Nephi takes his righteous followers and separates from the Lamanites to start his own civilisation. There were at most about 100 in number, consisting of elderly, women & children. One of the first things they do is build a temple "after the manner of the temple of Solomon." He goes into detail how much effort (over a hundred thousand workers), time (7 years) & materials it took to build Solomon's temple, and here, this group of 100 people or less (I have read an account where this maximum was estimated to be 34), are trying to survive in unchartered countryside, go ahead and build a temple of like magnitude. It would be like watching an episode of LOST and seeing that small group of survivors living in crude shelters and while coping with just trying to survive, also gathering food for their families, mining for precious metals, refining them, fighting off any enemy attacks, all of this, at the same time building a magnificent stone cathedral, using "wood, iron, copper, brass, steel, gold, silver, and other precious metals". I've read the Book of Mormon many times, and have never picked up on this point.
Overall, this is an important book and it sits on my bookshelf along with many others dealing with Church history. This book indeed raises some thought provoking arguments, and I'm still a believer. But unfortunately, its style and repetitiveness precludes me from highly recommending it.